Live on Skysports 2 & ESPN: Sat 12.45 & 17.30: Man City are 1/3 (Paddy Power) to overcome QPR in Saturday’s teatime TV clash.
Their 6-1 victory at Old Trafford certainly advertised Manchester City’s championship credentials but for entirely different reasons, last week’s 3-1 triumph over Wolves underlined them. It’s crucial during a successful title tilt to prevail when slightly below par and that was exactly the case last weekend at the Etihad Stadium as Robert Mancini’s men eventually overcame the stubborn resistance of the Premiership strugglers despite a goalless first half.
Bookies however, have read little in to that unconvincing display, Paddy Power pricing City at just 1/3 to pick up another maximum haul at Loftus Road, where hosts QPR are Stan James’ 10/1 outsiders and Boylesports offer 4/1 for the spoils to be shared for the fourth Rangers home game in six.
A tiring midweek Champions League assignment notwithstanding, the visitors should have the tools to triumph but on their own patch Neil Warnock’s charges can make life difficult for City and could restrict them to a victory by a one-goal margin, an outcome Partybets chalk up at 14/5.
Elsewhere, Skybet’s 15/2 for the league leaders to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline isn’t without appeal in a contest that looks a banker at 4/7 (bet365) to produce three or more goals and Ladbrokes quote enticing odds of 7/2 for Mancini’s side to again emerge victorious after a drawn first half. At an identical price meanwhile, this time courtesy of Betdaq, is another opening goal from Edin Dzeko.
It wasn’t easy but Manchester United got back to winning ways in the Premiership following their derby disaster, edging out Everton 1-0 in a tough encounter at Goodison Park. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men should find it a touch more straightforward this weekend as they entertain Sunderland and bookies agree, Sportingbet rating a United success at 1/5, Betfred marking 8/13 against the hosts in the handicaps, where they start a goal behind and Paddy Power making the champions 11/10 to win ‘to nil’.
Luck certainly deserted Blackburn in the 3-3 draw at Norwich and things can go from bad to worse for Rovers, who are 4/9 (Totesport) to be beaten by Chelsea at Ewood Park while in-form Tottenham are 5/4 with Sportingbet to boost their Champions League hopes by getting the better of Fulham in Sunday afternoon’s televised showdown.
Third-placed Newcastle remain unbeaten following the victory at Stoke but 9/4 for stubborn Everton to hold the Magpies to a draw is the best bet at St James’ Park in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off. Liverpool and Arsenal however, are both set for home wins and can be backed at 3/10 (Paddy Power) and 2/5 (Partybets) respectively as they entertain Swansea and West Brom. A double on that duo pays at an enticing 4/5 via .
In the Midlands finally, Aston Villa are worthy favourites at 4/5 with Stan James as they entertain Norwich and at the bottom bet365 make Wolves and Wigan 5/2 to be inseparable at Molineux and the same outcome is a 12/5 chance with Skybet as Bolton face Stoke.